CNBX : Cannabics Pharmaceuticals Stock Analysis and Research Report

2017-11-14 - by Asif, Contributing Analyst

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Cannabics Pharmaceuticals Inc. was incorporated in Nevada on September 15, 2004, under the name of Thrust Energy Corp. The Company was originally engaged in the exploration, exploitation, development and production of oil and gas projects within North America, but was unable to operate profitably.

In May 2011, the Company changed its name to American Mining Corporation, suspending its oil and gas operations and changing its business to toll milling and refining, mineral exploration and mine development.

On April 25, 2014, the Company experienced a change in control. Cannabics, Inc. (“Cannabics”) acquired a majority of the issued and outstanding common stock of the Company in accordance with stock purchase agreements by and between Cannabics and Thomas Mills (“Mills”). On the closing date, April 25, 2014, pursuant to the terms of the Stock Purchase Agreement, Cannabics purchased from Mills 20,500,000 shares of the Company’s outstanding restricted common stock for $198,000, representing 51%.

Cannabics, Inc. is a US based company founded in 2012 by a group of researchers from the fields of molecular biology, cancer research and pharmacology.

On May 21, 2014, the Company changed its name, via merger in the state of Nevada, to Cannabics Pharmaceuticals Inc. The Company’s principle offices are in Bethesda, Maryland. At the same time the Company has changed its course of business to pharmaceutical research and development.

On June 3, 2014, the Company's Board of Directors declared a two-to-one forward stock split of all outstanding shares of common stock. The stock split was approved by FINRA on June 19, 2014. The effect of the stock split increased the number of shares of common stock outstanding from 40,880,203 to 81,760,406. All common share and per common share data in these financial statements and related notes hereto have been retroactively adjusted to account for the effect of the stock split for all periods presented prior to June 3rd, 2014. The total number of authorized common shares and the par value thereof was not changed by the split.

On June 19, 2014, FINRA granted final approval of Change of Name & Ticker Symbol of the Corporation from American Mining Corporation to Cannabics Pharmaceuticals Inc., with the new Ticker Symbol of “CNBX”. Said approval was predicated upon Cannabics Pharmaceuticals Inc.’s filing of Articles of Merger with American Mining Corporation with the Nevada Secretary of State on May 21st, 2014. Under the laws of the State of Nevada, Cannabics Pharmaceuticals Inc. was merged with and into the Registrant, with the Registrant being the surviving entity. The Merger was completed under Section 92A.180 of the Nevada Revised Statutes, Chapter 92A, as amended, and as such, does not require the approval of the stockholders of either the Registrant or Cannabics Pharmaceuticals Inc.

On July 24, 2014, the Company executed a Collaboration & Exclusivity Agreement with Cannabics, Inc. (“Cannabics”), a Delaware corporation and largest shareholder of the Company. Per the terms of the Agreement, the Company issued 18,239,594 shares of its common stock to Cannabics, Inc. for $150,000 cash received.

On July 31, 2014, Cannabics Pharmaceuticals Inc. filed its exclusive Patent Application with the US Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO), which covers the proprietary technology developed by its team of experts in the field of cannabinoid long acting lipid based formulations. This patent is the basis for the company’s “CANNABICS SR” technology, which consists of the IP for standardized and long acting medical cannabis capsules, designed for patients suffering from diverse indications. Simultaneously this Patent was filed with the PCT division of the Israeli Patent Office (ILPO) in order to provide International IP protection. On February 24, 2016 Cannabics pharmaceuticals filed a new and comprehensive patent application for the company’s slow release capsules

On August 25, 2014, Cannabics Pharmaceuticals Inc. incorporated a wholly owned subsidiary in Israel, named “G.R.I.N Ultra Ltd”, dedicated to the advanced research and development in the company’s research laboratory in Caesarea, Israel.

On October 20, 2014, Cannabics Pharmaceuticals Inc. received Government Certification from the Ministry of Health in Israel for the establishment of an advanced R&D laboratory dedicated to medical research and development of cannabinoid-based therapies. R&D is conducted to date in Israel and has resulted in an IP portfolio that includes proprietary formulation methods of cannabinoid extracts that enable a sustained release PK profile of the active ingredients upon oral administration. The company's first technology is “Cannabics SR” - a standardized, high bioavailability, sustained release medical cannabis capsule that is based on cannabinoid extracts from selected strains of medical cannabis. The Cannabics SR proprietary formulation was shown to provide a steady state level of beneficial therapeutic effects within the therapeutic window for 10-12 hours. In Israel, numerous patients (most of them oncology patients) have already been treated with Cannabics SR capsules; with both patients and doctors reporting high levels of satisfaction from the uniformity and long lasting therapeutic effects of this unique medical technology.

On November 4, 2014, Cannabics Pharmaceuticals Inc. executed an IP Licensing and Collaboration Agreement with Kalapa Holdings (Spain) for the production and distribution of the Company’s CANNABICS SR medical capsules. The IP Licensing Agreement allows for the Company’s advanced cannabinoid administration technology to be manufactured and distributed in Spain, exclusively through Kalapa Holdings and its subsidiaries in strict compliance with Spanish law and regulations to certified patients.

On December 18, 2014, Cannabics Pharmaceuticals Inc. executed a letter of engagement with Mountain High Products in Colorado, for the manufacturing and distribution of Cannabics SR technology in the Colorado market. Cannabics SR medical cannabis technology will be utilized by Mountain High Products in strict compliance with Colorado laws and regulations of "Cannabis Infused Edible Products" and distributed to certified dispensaries through Mountain High's existing distribution channels.

On January 29, 2015, the Company executed an Agreement with Rambam Medical Center (Israel) to undertake a controlled pilot study utilizing Cannabics SR Capsules as palliative treatment to improve cancer related Cachexia and Anorexia Syndrome in advanced stage cancer patients. Rambam is a world renowned academic hospital acknowledged for their cutting-edge research projects and integration of innovative new therapies and treatments to over 2 million residents of Northern Israel. You can view the details of this ongoing study from the NIH website at http://www.cancer.gov/clinicaltrials/search/view?cdrid=769090&version=HealthProfessional&protocolsearchid=12509449

On February 15, 2015, the Company executed of a Research Agreement with the Technion Research & Development Foundation Ltd (Israel) to undertake a Research Project entitled " The Assessment of the Antitumor Activity of the Whole Cannabis Plant Extract, Components and Derivatives Thereof". Under the terms of the Agreement, Cannabics Pharmaceuticals will collaborate with the Technion’s Laboratory of Cancer Biology and Cannabinoid Research. The purpose of this Research is to develop a diagnostic and therapeutic system to harness the anti-cancer properties of active cannabis-based ingredients. The study will screen and evaluate different types of human cancer cells treated with a multitude of cannabinoid combinations and observe and catalogue the effects thereof. Technion is consistently ranked among the world’s top science and Technology Research Universities. The Faculty of Biology is comprised of 23 independent research groups, focusing on a variety of aspects of Cellular, Molecular and Developmental Biology. The faculty has extensive collaborations with the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries.

On May 27, 2015, the Company filed a Patent with the USPTO entitled “A Method of in Vitro High Throughput Screening of Cancer Biopsies with Cannabinoid Extracts”. In essence, this patent takes the next step from the cancer cell knowledge already obtained from cell lines in the Technion Laboratory and extends it to a system of analyzing cancer cells taken from patient biopsies, and then testing them against a multitude of cannabinoid combinations for anti-tumor activity via the High Throughput Screening process. This patent formally begins the next phase of the Company, which is Personalized Medicine (PM). Cannabics Pharmaceuticals has developed an automated high-throughput method for the screening of different types of cancer cells or biopsies treated with a multitude of cannabis extracts. These natural extracts could also be tested in conjunction with already approved and common synthetic drugs for patients that undergo chemotherapy for the most personally tailored therapy. This multilayer method is producing a large-scale database that will capture the knowledge gained as to the unique effects of different combinations of cannabinoid compounds on diverse malignancies. Coextensive with the development of the automated high-throughput system, Cannabics Pharmaceuticals is also developing proprietary and novel compounds targeting diverse and specific types of tumors.

On January 25, 2016, the Company executed an exclusive IP Licensing Agreement with Mountain High Products LLC and the Cima Group LLC for the production and distribution of the Company’s CANNABICS SR technology of medical cannabis capsules in Colorado. And with, Cima Group LLC which is a related party to Mountain High Products LLC and is charged with their operations in states outside of Colorado.

On February 24, 2016, the Company filed a new patent application for the company’s slow release medical capsules with the US Patent & Trademark Office, as noted in their Press Release of that date.

On March 22, 2016, the Company announced the start of a regulated Clinical Study for Cancer Patients in Israel under the auspices of the Rambam Medical Center and the Ministry of Health. This clinical study involves patients with advanced cancer and cancer anorexia cachexia syndrome (CACS), endpoints examined are weight gain appetite, quality of life and a marker for anti-cancer activity. Quality of life in patients with CACS is directly related to loss of appetite and loss of weight. This study examines the influence of Cannabics Pharmaceuticals SR capsules on both of these common effects of cancer and cancer treatment. Secondary outcome measures are improvement in appetite, reduction in TNF-alpha level, safety assessment for early psychiatric side-effects, quality of life and evaluation of muscle strength. While this study is taking place in Israel, it is fully registered with the US NIH under "Cannabics Capsules as Treatment to Improve Cancer Related CACS in Advanced Cancer Patients", Identifier NCT02359123, and may be found at https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT02359123.

On June 6, 2016, the Company filed a PCT Application with the US Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) entitled a "System and Method for High Throughput Screening of Cancer Cells". Cannabics Pharmaceuticals has developed a proprietary high throughput screening process which is designed to generate mega-data of specific cannabinoids and cannabinoid formulations with antitumor properties. In this proprietary process biopsies and live cancer cells lines are treated, In vitro, with innumerous combinations of cannabinoids and the resulting antitumor effects are screened, categorized and actually visually displayed.

On December 1, 2016, the Company announced the results from its Cancer HTS research which indicate that specific ratios of Cannabinoids led to Apoptosis in MDA-MB-231 Breast Cancer cell viability.

On January 3, 2017, the Company announced development of its 5mg THC Capsule intended for naïve patients who have not tried cannabis in the past. The Cannabics 5mg THC capsule is currently being evaluated by the company in its clinical study of palliative treatment, which is conducted by the Oncology Department at the prestigious Rambam Medical Center in northern Israel and under strict regulations of the Ministry of Health, by whom Cannabics Pharmaceuticals has been licensed since 2014.

On July 6th, 2017, the Company executed a Testing & Diagnostics Services Agreement with SIMFO GmbH, a renown German research laboratory which is collaborative in nature. SIMFO GmbH will obtain the CTC count as well as drug sensitivity tests from treaded patients according to the specific cannabinoids which the Company shall request.

Plan of Operation

Cannabics Pharmaceuticals Inc. is dedicated to the development of cannabinoid medicine and screening for cancer patients. The Company’s R&D is focused on the three aspects of cancer treatment – diagnostics, and antitumor medicine and palliative medicine. Cannabics’ vision is to create personalized natural medicine tailored to specific types of cancers and genetics of patients utilizing novel biotechnological tools. The Company’s Intellectual Property surpasses proprietary capsulated formulations designated for specific cancer related indications, diagnostic procedures and data.

The parent Company Cannabics, Inc. was founded by a group of Israeli researchers from the fields of cancer research, pharmacology and molecular biology in 2012. The company’s Research is located in Israel, which has allowed for the use of medical cannabis since the 1990s, and has a favorable regulatory attitude towards the conducting of Cannabis based clinical studies in Israeli hospitals, in marked contrast to the legal situation in the United States where clinical research on medical cannabis is still illegal. This structure is an extraordinary corporate advantage, and markedly separates the company from similarly minded companies.

The number of people licensed to receive medical cannabis treatment in Israel numbers around 20,000 - in comparison to over 1,000,000 in the United States. Therefore, while the Israeli market potential is regarded as limited, the ability to perform standardized clinical studies and use the Israeli regulation to prove the effectiveness of the company’s products is proving to be highly advantageous.

Most importantly, while the U.S. FDA has barely approved even basic private research relating to cannabis, the regulatory environment is quite different in Israel. Within the Israeli Ministry of Health, there is a stand-alone agency, the Israeli Medical Cannabis Agency, (IMCA), which on October 26, 2014, granted Cannabics Pharmaceuticals an exclusive government License to launch its scientific program.

Through the large body of research that has been conducted by its scientists and affiliated partners, the Company has been able to gain in-depth knowledge of the various therapeutic effects of cannabinoids and identify patterns of cannabinoid ratios that bear the potential of treating various types of cancers. The Company is currently in the midst of several collaborative programs with several leading academic research and medical centers in Israel in order to further establish the beneficial therapeutic effects of its proprietary compounds, and to refine its development of personalized anticancer medicine.

The Company’s three main areas of scientific research are comprised within:

Cancer Diagnostics

Utilizing novel biological screening technologies, the company monitor the antitumor effects of arrays of botanical extracts on cell lines and biopsies. The data collected propels the development of proprietary and novel compounds targeted to diverse types of tumors. This technology enables it to perform lab tests that offer doctors and their patients a profile of personalized treatment with cannabinoids. The company believe that its personalized approach minimizes harmful side effects, with more successful outcomes and lower costs than the traditional “trial-and-error” approach to treatment. Cannabics Pharmaceuticals is presently conducting diagnostic validation studies in collaboration with academic institutes and lab facilities, and expect to have preliminary results available by March 2018.

Anti-Cancer Treatments

Cannabics Pharmaceuticals is developing botanical cannabinoid formulations based on its proprietary diagnostic procedures designated for the treatment of cancer and its side-effects. Cannabics Pharmaceuticals is currently working in collaboration with SIMFO gmbh, a renown German research laboratory on CTC tests. Cannabics Pharmaceuticals is also conducting preclinical research on the efficacy of its cannabinoid-based formulations in the treatment of cancer and expect to have preliminary results available by March 2018. If its diagnostic data cross-linked with clinical outcomes demonstrates that its formulations have therapeutic and commercial potential, the company intend to submit an investigational new drug application with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to commence clinical trials.

Palliative Therapies

Cannabics Pharmaceuticals has developed its non-pharmaceutical capsules as a treatment to improve cancer related cachexia/anorexia syndrome (“CACS”) in advanced cancer patients. The main purpose in the treatment of patients with advanced cancer and CACS is to prolong life and to improve Quality of Life (“QoL”) as far as possible. The company believe that QoL in patients with CACS is inversely related to reduced appetite and weight-loss. Cannabics Pharmaceuticals is currently engaged in a clinical study in Israel to determine the efficacy of its proprietary capsules as a treatment to improve appetite and stem weight-loss associated with CACS in advanced cancer patients. The company expect that preliminary results of its study will be available in July 2017.

CANNABICS 5MG capsules for Palliative care

While the medicinal effects of certain cannabinoids are well known to physicians, it is common knowledge that smoking is hazardous to health. Many physicians are perfectly aware of the palliative properties of cannabis (i.e antiemetic and analgesic), however they refrain from recommending or prescribing it to patients knowing that smoking the raw flowers is still the most common and available administration route. Hence the availability of an oral, standardized, reliable and clinically tested administration route of medical cannabis – no different from the administration route of most medications consumed by patients today - would dramatically improve the availability of medical cannabis therapy to patients in need.

Standardization and reproducibility

The efficacy of its Cannabics 5mg capsules is currently being evaluated in a study that is taking place in the Rambam Medical Center in Haifa, Israel, and it is fully registered with the US NIH under "Cannabics Capsules as Treatment to Improve Cancer Related CACS in Advanced Cancer Patients", Identifier NCT02359123, and may be found at https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT02359123

Diagnostics and Personalized medicine

Cannabinoids include phytocannabinoids, endogenous endocannabinoids, and synthetic cannabinoids. More than 60 phytocannabinoids have been identified within the Cannabis plant. Cannabinoids elicit their pharmacological activities through cannabinoid receptor type 1 (CB1) and type 2 (CB2), two G-protein coupled receptors (GPCR) in the endocannabinoid signaling pathway. Cancer is a disease in which alterations in the cannabinoid pathway have been demonstrated. Since this disease is found to be multifactorial, variations in expression of cannabinoid receptors could be harnessed to elicit a therapeutic effect. Therefore, a defined botanical extract may better achieve this therapeutic goal than a single synthetic compound, as the multiple components elicit a synergistic effect. Cannabinoids are not yet approved for the treatment of cancer, although their anti-tumor effects have been known for over 30 years. Scientific evidence exists which strongly suggest that cannabinoids may have anti-cancer activity. The exact mechanism by which this anti-tumor effect occurs may involve suppression of proliferative cell signaling pathways, inhibition of angiogenesis and cell migration and induction of apoptosis and/or induction of autophagy. Personalized Medicine (PM) is a novel approach that proposes the customization of therapy being tailored to the individual patient. There are over 200 different known cancers and the genetic divergence among humans makes it nearly impossible to find one remedy for a group of people. In view of the above, Cannabics utilizes High-throughput technologies to screen antitumor effects, mainly Apoptosis and Proliferation, on cell lines and biopsies treated with matrix of plant extracts differentiated in their ratios of active compounds. This diagnostic procedure can now offer doctors data on the potential antitumor activity of available cannabis products. The data unraveled in this procedure is also recruited in the creation of proprietary antitumor compounds.

Anti Tumor Medicine

To date Cannabics has gained valuable data on the anti-proliferative properties of cannabinoids on specific types of cancers and is currently engaging in preclinical studies which will translate into clinical studies that will evaluate proprietary cannabinoid compounds as anti-cancer treatments. All Cannabics formulations are pre-designed to fit the currently existing medical cannabis regulations in Israel, Europe and certain US States which are licensed as a “Medical Marijuana Infused Products Manufacturer” (i.e. §12-43.3-404 CRS). The ingredients used in the proprietary formulations are all certified food grade ingredients (recognized by the FDA as “G.R.A.S.” – Generally Regarded as Safe) and the formulation are free of any artificial additives or chemical substances. Thus, Cannabics medicines are fully compliant with the current cannabis infused edible product regulatory definition, which is in fact very similar to a regular food supplement regulatory definition.

The company’s business model is solely based on technology development and IP out-licensing to licensed and certified producers. The Company’s technologies are licensed to a strategic partner in compliance with each country’s and/or US state’s statutory regulations and exclusively to licensed and authorized medical cannabis local licensees that have adequate production and marketing capabilities. Cannabics Pharmaceuticals Inc. itself does not manufacture, distribute, dispense or possess any controlled substances, including cannabis or cannabis based preparations, it merely licenses its IP. Within Israel, Europe and other territories outside the US, Cannabics Pharmaceuticals Inc. may employ a different business model through gaining adequate licenses under the appropriate regulations in each territory, all in full compliance with local rules and regulations in each country.

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